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May 2, 2012 7:00am EDT
use as a launching pad for attacks against the united states. >> thank you. let me just conclude by saying that former cia director mike hayden used used the analogy of a football field, the lines on the football field, and he talked about our intelligence operatives and others as the players on the field. and he said we need them to get chalk on their cleats, go right up to the line in carrying out what our approved policies of the united states. and if you think about it that way, it is really important to have policies that are transparent so that those who are carrying out the mission and those in the united states and those around the world who are trying to understand the mission know where the lines are. if we don't know what the lines are, some people will be risk averse, other people commit excesses. we have certain seeing a few of those, which are black eyes on our country. so i just want to applaud the fact that john brennan has come over here from the white house, spent over an hour with us, laying out in great detail what the rules are for something that has been reveal
CSPAN
May 2, 2012 3:30pm EDT
the net rate of undocumented population growth in the united states. simple equation in demography. net migration equals in migration minus out migration. you don't affect in migration, you dramatically reduce out migration, net migration increases. that's the sort of the rapid growth of undocumented migration into the united states. by militarizing the border with our closest trading partner, closest neighbor, with canada in the hemisphere, we didn't solve the problem of illegal migration. we made it worse. we transformed what had been a circular flow of male workers going to three states and turned it into a settled population of families living in 50 states, and double the net rate of undocumented population growth in the process. so now we have 11 million people living in this country out of status. and these people are a great loss, represent a great loss of human capital to the nation, because there is nowhere for them to go. they cannot use their skills to their utmost productivity. they cannot use their education. they are confined to a black market, informal sector in the
MSNBC
May 2, 2012 1:00am PDT
schedule put out by the white house where the president of the united states turned out to be a deliberate fabrication because for security reasons he made a trip under the veil of secrecy. this is standard operating procedure for presidents visiting america's various war zones. shortly after the 2008 election in which he was elected president, after the election but before the new president had been sworn in in december of 2008, then still president george w. bush took one of these surprise trips the, unannounced trips to background. it was december 14th, 2008. that's when this happened. >> yes. everybody calm down for a minute. first of all, thank you for apologizing on behalf of the iraqi people. it doesn't bother me. if you want the facts, it's a size 10 shoe that he threw. >> boy, if you were not surprised enough to find out that the president had surprise, gone to iraq, the president having a shoe hurled at him was definitely a surprise that day. when you look at the official transcript from this, we posted a link to it on our blog tonight. when you go through the transcript of this
MSNBC
May 2, 2012 4:00am EDT
agreement which committed the united states to end our war in iraq. it was an agreement that president obama then followed through on. the last u.s. troops left iraq in december. today, in afghanistan it was not a status of forces agreement. it was called a strategic partnership agreement between the u.s. and afghan government but the idea is the same. it's to commit both countries to a plan by which the united states will end our war there. >> today i signed an agreement between the united states and afghanistan that defines a new relationship between our countries. a future in which afghans are responsible for the security of their nation and we build an equal partnership between two states. as we move forward some people will ask why we need a firm timeline. the answer is clear. our goal is not to build a country in america's image or to eradicate the taliban. these objectives would require in many years, many more dollars and most importantly many more american lives. our goal is to destroy al qaeda and we on path to do exactly that. afghans want to assert their sovereignty and bui
CSPAN
May 1, 2012 10:30pm EDT
united states and is the author of several scholarly works, 19th and 20th tariff policy. long a civil war buff, his attention turned to the presidency of abraham lincoln after a fortuitous discovery at library of congress. the find marked the beginning of a four year hunt for documents culminating in his book, co-authored with sebastian page, lincoln and the movement for black resettlement. in addition to writing, dr. magnus is an academic programs director at the institute for humane studies at george mason university, also taught in public administration at american university, and international tragtional trade . also in his biography, something i find fascinating. he is an avid scuba diver. and plays underwater hockey. for the washington, d.c., and i love this name -- beltway bottom feeders. there is probably no end of applicants for that team. after dr. magnus makes his presentation, rodney ross will come to read a poem of -- of john willis menard that is very appropriate. actually there are copies, print copies of it on the table outside. rod is, is an old front and a dear frien
CSPAN
May 2, 2012 3:00pm EDT
arizona, but it does not work for the united states. observations that the population of arizona has simply gone to other states is accurate. so what arizona has tried to do while an effort at the state level to address the impact of illegal immigration is not a sound policy in the framework of what we need to do as a nation. those hyperbolic claims of racism reflects a racist construct of how our community works together and it's just as destructive as those who are motivated to demand a purge of all non-native born from the basis of a racist ideology and i for swain, enough. we need a sane approach. secure sovereign borders, account for those without lawful authority. engage in necessary bureaucratic reform and engage all levels of government for ongoing, internal enforcement and let me elaborate a little on that, because i think that's what todd wanted to hear from me. secure our sovereign borders. our border must be operationally secure for several important reasons. number one is an international security component. five years, people entered in at the border from every country
FOX News
May 2, 2012 3:00pm PDT
the president believes al qaeda's leadership can be wiped out freeing the united states to focus on targeted strikes in places like yemen. >> it is a long war with requiring of a long-term commitment which is what the president signaled. >> as corruption continues inside karzai's government, and americans shell out $289 million a day there, the public is weary. the latest fox poll shows that 78 percent of registered voters approve of withdrawing u.s. troops. >> that's why republicans are urging the president to speak up about the war more, shore up support, and prepare the american people for tough difficulties ahead before last night, the president had not given a major speech on afghanistan in nearly a year. >>bret: thank you, ed, from the north lawn. stocks were mixed. the dow jones industrial average lost 11 and the s&p 500 lost 3 1/2. unemployment in the euro zone is now higher than it has ever been since the creation of the currency. spain is leading the way with a quarter of the workers not working. and now we have that story from madrid. >>greg: the prime minister came to po
FOX News
May 2, 2012 6:00pm EDT
correspondent says this occurs against the back drop of high level talks with the united states. >> good evening, the story could be over but there are questions what the chinese dissident was told before he agreed to leave the united states embassy. he told the associated press that u.s. officials informed him of a threat that his wife would be beaten to death if he did not leave the embassy. the state department officials say that is not the case. >> at in time did any u.s. official speak to him about physical or legal threats to his wife and children. and nor did any chinese officials make any threats to us or through us. >> he was seen being wheeled through a hospital after leaving the embassy. american officials say it was his desire to remain in china rather than seek asylum in the united states or elsewhere. now the 40-year-old whine dissident is receiving medical treatment after sustaining a foot energy escaping house arrest with the help of supporters last week. he has been an irritant to the chinese government tore being vocal about the one child policy forcing women to undergo
CNN
May 2, 2012 1:00am PDT
between china and the united states of how to resolve this so it did not flare up during the critical meetings that secretary clinton would be having in beijing. now we learned that chen has left the embassy voluntarily, is getting medical treatment here in beijing, and has been reunited with his family. andrew? >> stan, does the mere fact that xinhua is publicly reporting this, telling the chinese people what's been happening, does that suggest that chen himself could be out of danger from any sort of backlash from chinese authorities on his escape from the house arrest and that decision to go to the u.s. embassy? >> reporter: we're getting into areas of conjecture here, but you can read something from this statement. while there's been an information blackout on the chinese side, it hasn't been carried on state media, social media has been blocked. search terms connected with chen guangcheng have been blocked on the internet. while that's been happening, we've been reporting it freely on international media. as you're aware, often when we report things the chinese don't want getting
CSPAN
May 2, 2012 12:30am EDT
slavery. you know, every slave in the united states immediately. and the people who are very active in this movement are often devout protestants, blacks and whites, men and women, people from all parts of the united states. but we must always remember that this is a small number of people. this was never a mainstream movement. this was never a mass movement. and students from our perspective today -- you know, when we look back at this, we would say, well, of course slavery should end. of course slavery should be abolished. you know, all thinking adults today would agree on that. and slavery is illegal everywhere now. the last country to abolish slavery was actually saudi arab arabia, which abolished slavery in 1962. 1962, not 1862. so it's been a long, hard struggle. but slavery is illegal now everywhere. but to say these things in the 1830s and '40s and '50s took a lot of courage. this took a lot of guts. this is not mainstream opinion. this is going against mainstream opinion. these people are at the cutting edge of reform. these people are in the vanguard of change. they're saying
Current
May 1, 2012 6:00pm PDT
united states, but within afghanistan. you know, being able to come to president karzai and sign this agreement and show the afghan people the united states is going to remain engaged in the region and send a compelling message to nair neighbors that have meddled in their appars on affair, pakistan next door, the united states will be here and continue to try to help afghanistan move forward. >> thank you pj for joining us inside the war room. that is pj crowley former assist isant to the secretary of state of affairs. of and here to discuss the strategic interests of the trip and a little politics is the assistant secretary of defense for global strategic affairs in the obamaa administration and former dean of the goldman school of policy, professor doctor, thank you so much for joining us inside the war room. you heard what pj crowley said about the agreement. do you agree with the three goals you think were identified in that? and how important is the strategic interests of that agreement for the united states? >> i think clearly laying out a game plan to maintain and increase
MSNBC
May 1, 2012 11:00pm PDT
laden. and trying to sell -- trying to explain why the united states is going to be staying in afghanistan in one form or another for another, what is it now, 12 years. i mean, that is an amazing number when you think about it. a ten-year commit many here. now this is both on the economics front and on troops and all of that is still to be negotiated. every years, there will be a lobbying effort to convince congress to fund aid programs to afghanistan. we can only imagine what some of those political fights might look like over the next decade, plus two years. that said, this isn't going to be the easiest thing for the president to be explaining tonight. this is not spiking the football. i think at first when people heard rumor the president was going to afghanistan, is he simply having an ewith the troops on the day to mark the anniversary? no, he is trying to sell the what is not the most popular policy. you know what, we will be in afghanistan longer than folks want to be. but let me say why we will be there. i don't want to repeat 1989 when the u.s. abandoned afghanistan af
MSNBC
May 2, 2012 4:00pm PDT
with enough working digits to handle a been and become president of the united states. >> that was the most shameless statement by the tax cutting right by what they need in the white house. someone to cut the taxes and stay out of the way of anyone else. i was in the room for that speech, and i thought, they really don't think they need a president. you may think that's human being rouse on his part, and to some extent it is. >> who came up with that word? >> i thought he -- >> okay, it means smart alac. >> if you look at the primaries and everybody grover gets to sign, then he is right. this is the core of the republican philosophy, a hard line on taxes, simple to understand, jon huntsman did not sign it, and he went nowhere. so what grover is saying yes it's full of pride, but it also happens to be true. >> every time i go to a business convention that you probably love to go to, the reward weekends for these guys they all play golf and their all for tax cuts. and they all like this guy. and every member of congress, all of the candidates for president signed this thing. he got them
CNN
May 2, 2012 3:00pm PDT
, double crossed by the united states. wait until you here his story and the state department's response. >>> thirteen people are charged in the death of a florida drum major. >>> tonight's truth follows the money and tells you just where the obama and romney campaigns believe the presidential election will be decided. >>> in china, just as secretary of state hillary clinton arrived for a round of delegates, a chinese human rights activist left the protection of the u.s. embassy in beijing. the united states says he received assurances he would be treated humanely. later, he spoke by phone and told a very different and much darker story. he says, u.s. officials broke promises to have someone with him as he received medical treatment. >> translator: the embassy kept lobbying me to leave and promised to have people stay with me in the hospital. this afternoon, as soon as i checked in the hospital room, i noticed they were all gone. >> stan joins us live from beijing. tell us more about this phone call in which chen says he was misled, double crossed. >> a phone call at 3:00 a.m. beijing ti
WHUT
May 2, 2012 7:30am EDT
afghanistan one all combat troops go home. >> today i signed a historic agreement between the united states and afghanistan that defines a new kind of relationship between our countries. a future in which afghans are responsible for the security of their nation, and we build an equal partnership between two sovereign states. >> obama and afghan president karzai signed a strategic partnership agreement. it cements of u.s. commitment to afghanistan after american combat troops leave in 2014. it will be effective until 2024. the deal allows u.s. forces to train afghan soldiers and engage in sweep operations against al qaeda. >> our goal is to destroy al qaeda, and we are on a path to do exactly that. >> this was obama's first visit to afghanistan since december 2010, and a third since he took office. it coincided with the one-year anniversary of the death of al qaeda leader osama bin laden. >>> the u.n. security council is considering black listing about 40 more north korean companies. the new sanctions would be in response to pyongyang's failed launch of what it called a sat lie-carrying rocket.
CNN
May 1, 2012 5:00pm PDT
to the united states laying out his vision for ending america's longest war. saying afghanistan is where the war began and where it will end. here's a portion of his address. >> today i signed a historic agreement between the united states and afghanistan that defines a new kind of relationship between our countries. a future in which afghans are responsible for the security of their nation. and we build an equal partnership between two sovereign states. a future in which war ends and new chapter begins. ten years ago, the united states and our allies went to war to make sure al qaeda could never again use this country to launch attacks against us. despite initial success for a number of reasons, this war has taken longer than most anticipated. but over the last three years, the tide has turned. we broke the taliban's momentum. we've built strong afghan security forces. we devastated al qaeda's leadership taking out over 20 of their top 30 leaders. one year ago from base here in afghanistan, our troops launched the operation that killed osama bin laden. the goal that i set to defea
PBS
May 1, 2012 5:30pm PDT
how the united states will remain here. this agreement basically says that we commit ourselves to supporting afghanistan economically. you know, we'll support its development and we will retain a number of troops here in a counterterrorism role in the post-2014 environment. mostly to chase after what's left of al qaeda. but this is a... signifies sort of a long-term commitment of the united states to afghanistan and more broadly to the region. >> ifill: even in the negotiating of this agreement, there have been tensions. of course we have documented all the tensions in the u.s.-afghan relationship, specifically with president karzai. was any of that in evidence today? >> not really. i think president karzai got pretty much what he wanted for his own domest audience, his contingency. let's not forget that we had these very controversial night raids that they wanted the afghans to take the lead on. we signed a memorandum of understanding with the afghan government on that. there was a detainee issue which was a big sticking point, a memorandum of understanding was signed on that iss
CSPAN
May 2, 2012 4:00am EDT
see, from all over the united states. not just from states with big slave populations, which is what we might expect, but even in free states. in states where slavery had been abolished during a revolution or soon after the revolution there was still a lot of criticism. and we must remember that the past is different from the present. we must remember that the whole spectrum of political opinion is completely different from what it is today. many of the presidents are themselves slave owners. and the president of the united states in the 1830s was a very wealthy slave owner, andrew jackson. we talked about that in an earlier lecture. and jackson denounced abolitionists. he said they were dangerous, they were incendiaries, they were trying to harm the united states, they were trying to harm american society. so this is something that is a hard fight for abolitionists in this generation. and the 19th century has been called by historians the century of emancipation because this fight takes place in many different societies. and it's a hard fight everywhere. and everywhere slave owners
CSPAN
May 1, 2012 11:00pm EDT
citizen. the united states consulate at kingston noticed that an american was among the accused and began putting pressure on the british government to release him. this was achieved on the same day that samuel clark, his associate, is also brought up and executed in a similar manner as gordon. the u.s. consul takes menard, whisks him away to kingston and places him on the next ship bound to new orleans. under u.s. government purchase, they bought him the ticket. menard's wife and young child were left behind in kingston. he didn't even have time to say good-bye to her, which comes up later in his career. he does reunite with the family and they are able to make it out of jamaica and to new orleans. when he leaves jamaica, is brought to new orleans, his stock rises instantly in the british empire as an eyewitness to the events that have just happened. this is an excerpt of a letter that he wrote to john stuart mill, the famous english classical liberal, sometimes member of parliament and intellectual leader of the mid-19th century. mill finds out about what happened to gordon, what happen
CSPAN
May 2, 2012 4:30am EDT
abolitionist. in the 1850s the united states senator from massachusetts, charles sumner, although there are still abolitionists who say this is a mistake, the abolitionists are focused on the goal of ending slavery, but they do have some rather spirited internal debates about how to do that. they also debate the role of women. and believe it or not, some abolitionist men said that female abolitionists were hurting the cause, that they were distracting people from the important issue, that they were discrediting the movement. frederick douglass and william lloyd garrison said no, they're n not. they advocated the right of women to participate in the movement. so let's talk more about some of the female abolitionists, shall we? these are very interesting people who have been the subject of some really excellent biographies. the grinke sisters of south carolina. and grimke is a french name. their ancestors were french protestants who came to south carolina in the colonial period. the family by the early 19th century was very wealthy. they had a beautiful house in charleston. they had
MSNBC
May 1, 2012 10:00pm PDT
united states of america. now i want to shake some hands. >> the breaking news at this hour is that president obama is on his way back to the united states after his address to the nation from bagram airfield in afghanistan on the one-year anniversary of s.e.a.l. team six's successful mission to get osama bin laden. tonight the commander-in-chief hailed the united states military's accomplishments in afghanistan. >> we broke the taliban's momentum. we built strong afghan security forces. we devastated al qaeda's leadership taking out over 20 of their top 30 leaders. and one year ago, from a base here in afghanistan, our troops launched the operation that killed osama bin laden. the bold goal that i set to defeat al qaeda and deny it a chance to rebuild is now within our reach. >> the president then described the path forward for the united states after its combat troops withdraw from afghanistan by the end of 2014. >> emerge from a decade of conflict abroad and economic crisis at home. it's time to renew america. an america where our children live free from fear and have the skills
Current
May 1, 2012 9:00pm PDT
important. this had political significance not just here in the united states but, also within afghanistan. you know, being able to come to president karzai, sign this agreement, show the afghan people that the united states is going to, you know, remain engaged in the region and, also send a compelling message to other neighbors who have metalled in afghan affairs but pakistan, you know, next door, that the united states is going to be hear and it's going to try to continue to help afghanistanyou know, next door, that the united states is going to be hear and it's going to try to continue to help afghanistan. >> thank you p.j. crawley forker assistant of state for public affairs. the president's announced trip comes four days before he officially kicks off his re-election campaign. here to discuss the strategic interest of the trip and, perhaps, a little bit of politics, too, is michael knott, the assistant secretary of defense for global strategic affairs in the obama administration now and then a prevention-off of public policy, former dean of the goldman school. michael, th
MSNBC
May 2, 2012 1:00am EDT
>>> nine years ago today president bush announced our mission was accomplished in iraq. one year ago today president obama announced he got osama bin laden. and today president obama announced how he will end the war in afghanistan. >> good evening. from bagram air base. >> the president made a surprise visit. >> president obama has arrived in afghanistan. >> to afghanistan. >> tonight i would like to tell you how we will complete our mission. >> he is meeting with hamid karzai. >> today i signed an historic agreement. >> on the one-year anniversary. >> the death of osama bin laden. >> the death of osama bin laden. >> it was here where osama bin laden established a safe haven for his terrorist organization. >> let's not make the capture or killing of osama bin laden a politically divisive event. >> in new york city with rudy giuliani. >> the man dubbed america's mayor. >> good to be here with rudy giuliani. >> with rudy giuliani at a firehouse. >> this on the anniversary of the day that osama bin laden finally was taken out. >> is there a little bit of hypocrisy. >> trying to politicize this. >> disappointing. >> all i want to do is say thank you. >> he was decisive, he made the right decision. >> a very courageous call that made. >> look what the result was. >> and killed by a drone strike. >> president obama. >> troops out of iraq. >> president succeeded. >> president planning for withdraw from afghanistan. >> our commander-in-chief gave the order. >> these are, are they not, considerable achievements for this president? >> god bless you. god bless the united states of america. now i want to shake some hands. >> the breaking news at this hour is that president obama is on his way back to the united states after his address to the nation from bagram airfield in afghanistan on the one-year anniversary of s.e.a.l. team six's successful mission to get osama bin laden. tonight the commander-in-chief hailed the united states military's accomplishments in afghanistan. >> we broke the taliban's momentum. we built strong afghan security forces. we devastated al qaeda's leadership taking out over 20 of their top 30 leaders. and one year ago, from a base here in afghanistan, our troops launched the operation that killed osama bin laden. the bold goal that i set to defeat al qaeda and deny it a chance to rebuild is now within our reach. >> the president then described the path forward for the united states after its combat troops withdraw from afghanistan by the end of 2014. >> emerge from a decade of conflict abroad and economic crisis at home. it's time to renew america. an america where our children live free from fear and have the skills to claim their dreams. a united america. of grit and resilience. sun light glistens off towers from manhattan and we rebuild as as one people, one nation. the war began here in afghanistan and this is where it will end. >> president obama's remarks follow a surprise flight to afghanistan under the cover of darkness to meet with u.s. troops and sign the strategic partnership agreement between the united states and afghanistan. that agreement outlines the role the u.s. will play in afghanistan and the decade after 2014 when the draw down of u.s. forces is complete. mitt romney has said that u.s. should bring home troops from afghanistan, quote, as soon as our generals think it's okay. end quote. he has also criticized president obama for publicly announcing the administration's withdraw, a plan saying that would innocent advise the taliban to wait out the withdraw. as of today the war in afghanistan left 1,948 u.s. troops dead and 15,786 wounded. joining me now democratic strategist and msnbc krystal ball and aol editorial director and msnbc political analyst howard fineman. thank you both for joining me. krystal, our assessment of the president's speech. >> i think he did a very good job. he does what he does best which is balancing the pragmatic and laying down five very concrete steps as to how we will end this conflict and tie it into american values and make it idealistic adds well. what came to mind for me with some of his rhetoric was ronald reagan and he said here in the predawn darkness of afghanistan we can see a light of the new day on horizon. it is exactly that hopeful rhetoric that made us fall in love with this president in the first place. >> howard fineman, is hopeful rhetoric and an outline of where we go in the withdraw, what america was ready to hear tonight? >> oh, i think americans want to hear how we will get out of there, how we will stop risking american and losing american lives and pressure there, while not allowing al qaeda to reestablish itself. i thought the president was very shrewd in laying out a game plan now so he doesn't have to argue about it later in the midst of the presidential campaign. i think this was both a diplomatic speech and political speech. designed to sort of take this off the table, lay out exactly what his plan is, henceforth throughout the campaign and indeed in the years ahead. politically, this was a -- this was a campaign speech. but interestingly mitt romney didn't complain. just a few minutes ago lawrence, mitt romney's campaign put out a very carefully worded statement, congratulate and thanking the president for going to afghanistan to talk to the troops to meet with the troops. even though this has been sort of osama bin laden week politically for the obama white house, mitt romney didn't complain today, which is a sign of how much the -- of the upper hand the president has as commander-in-chief right now politically. >> it also seemed like a smart reaction under the circumstances. >> absolutely. >> absolutely. >> let this president have the night and fight another day. >> absolutely. >> if you look at the polling the president has 17 point advantage over romney in terms of who americans trust to handle our foreign policy. i think it is tough to go against an incumbent. he has been there, traveled america and faced abroad. but having been a governor and not senator his foreign policy experience is managing the olympics and having swiss bank accounts. it is a tough battle for him to win. one thing we have been talking about is this election will be fought on the terrain of the economy. that will be the big issue this year. but i don't think we should underestimate how important the foreign policy narrative is as well. the president won't be able to win this election based on foreign policy success. but he sure as heck could lose it if he did not have a successful foreign policy because you know that's an area the republicans would love to go after him for. and he has just been so unassailable that he is completely undermined their argument. >> now, the president knows that mitt romney said that timetables should be whatever the generals say the timetables should be which is an echo of john mccain over the years on these things. let's listen to how the president anticipated that in his speech tonight and see how he chose this withdraw timetable. >> as we move forward, some people will ask, why we need a firm time line. the answer is clear. our goal is not to build a country in america's image or to eradicate every vestige of the taliban. these objectives would require many more years. many more dollars. most importantly, many more american lives. others will ask, why don't we leave immediately. that answer is also clear. we must give afghanistan the opportunity to stabilize. otherwise our gains could be lost. and al qaeda could establish itself once more. and as commander-in-chief, i refuse to let that happen. >> howard, as far as establishing a country as he put it in america's image, i think the american people know that's impossible in afghanistan. >> i thought this was in terms of diplomacy again, i thought this was very well and carefully calibrated. he set up the too hot and too cold porridge. i think most of the american people who study this will agree. he got positive words from john mccain as well as mitt romney and i think most democrats who want the united states out of there military are going to look to the military timetable satisfaction and i think the president played it just right. he is just jamming it down the republicans' throat. tomorrow night there will be an hour-long documentary on nbc and talk about how he ran "the situation room." it is from bill clinton last weekend, through the ads, through the speeches. the president is putting this part of the portfolio away and will return to the economy after this. >> let's listen to how he brought this story in afghanistan back to domestic politics talking about the troops and bringing the troops home. >> in an age when so many institutions have come up short, these americans stood tall. we must give our veterans and military families the support they deserve and opportunities they have earned. and we must redouble our efforts to build a nation worthy of their sacrifice. >> turn the page of that afghanistan story into a domestic politics. >> and the two are connected. i mean, we have been limited of what we do at home because of money and focus we spent abroad. it is not a stretch at all it make that connection. i think it is an argument that resonates with the american people too. people say we have a lot of nation building we need to do at home and the president is really affirming that. two thirds of americans are ready for us to be done with this conflict in afghanistan. so again, mitt romney and the republicans, it would be very hard for them to find a way it attack the president on this front. and that's his -- that's unique for democrats to have the upper hand in foreign policy in this way. really in the last, you know, 25 years at least, republicans have been the strong ones. they have been the ones that the populous trusted on foreign policy and national security. it is quite remarkable that this president's policy has been so good and so nuanced and so successful that he has unassailably taken the upper hand on this. >> howard fineman and krystal ball, thank you for joining me to knit. >> thank you lawrence. >>> coming up, it's not just one year since killing osama bin laden, one year ago mission accomplished. and republicans are now pretending they never used the politics of war against democrats. >>> in to knit's rewrite, historian newt gingrich tries to rewrite the gingrich for president campaign. we have the real history of that campaign on video. >>> and the king of "30 rock" is here tonight. emmy golden globe winner, alec baldwin is here to talk about who he thinks will be the win are of the 2012 presidential campaign and anything else mr. baldwin wants to talk about. because i am not about to try to tell alec baldwin what to say. it is alec baldwin's world, we are just lucky to live in it. i don't know when he will be on show. he could arrive early or late. he could be the next guest or the last guest. co-sit there where krystal is sitting or here. it is alec baldwin we are talking about. i have no idea. this is not the night, this is not the night to change channels. do not surf tonight. alec baldwin is officially in the building. i just got the word. he could be the next face you see on the screen. it could be in one of the commercials he does or he could be just taking over the show. stay with us. if you made a list of countries from around the world... ...with the best math scores. ...the united states would be on that list. in 25th place. let's raise academic standards across the nation. let's get back to the head of the class. let's solve this. with rent2buy from hertz car sales, you skip the lots... and pushy sales people... it's a fast, easy way to buy a used car. three days to try. zero pressure to buy. it's just another way you'll be traveling at the speed of hertz. >>> while president obama was on his way to afghanistan, rudy giuliani and mitt romney visited a firehouse to once again politicize 9/11 and mark the anniversary of the killing of osama bin laden and of course to criticize president obama forever mentioning the killing of osama bin laden. karen finny and alex wagner will join us. the long good-bye with newt gingrich trying to rewrite the history of his campaign which of course lands newt gingrich to once again in tonight's rewrite. that's coming up. this is $100,000. we asked total strangers to watch it for us. thank you so much, i appreciate it, i'll be right back. they didn't take a dime. how much in fees does your bank take to watch your money ? if your bank takes more money than a stranger, you need an ally. ally bank. no nonsense. just people sense. >>> major combat operations in iraq have ended in the battle of iraq. the united states and our allies have prevailed. [ applause ] >> barack obama chose to figurely parade osama bin laden's dead body around the public square and brought singular glory to himself. how pathetic. the guy they today drag off the golf course. obama is out there basically, he is trying, folks, to call himself or have us think of him as a hero. for doing something that if bush or cheney had done, obama probably would have called in the war criminals. >> joining me now are karen finny former dnc director and david frum former bush speech writer and writer for the daily beast. david is the author ever "patriots." karen, i would show you the clip of limbaugh criticizing the accomplished speech but i'm afraid he never got around to it. >> how about that? that's missing, isn't it? we didn't expect that rush limbaugh would actually give president obama credit for doing anything right, did you? i wouldn't have expected anything less than what we heard from limbaugh. i'm glad he delivered the usual garbage we heard from him. >> david, it seems like mitt romney is playing this about right tonight, letting president obama have his night and not trying to get in there limbaugh style and try to rip it all apart. >> you will see a widening spread between the real party and this tv party. and -- >> well, rush represent the tea party, a very significant portion of the tea party. not an insignificant part. >> it is not insignificant and some of us are prepared it mock them. but understand also, and maybe tomorrow is a better day, but i'm here tonight. to think, president obama for this tremendous success he had with will killing of bin laden, he gave a powerful speech in afghanistan. but the country has to recon the price paid. the president made a commitment to afghanistan as part of the political standing in 2008. the price of that positioning was to render the country much more dependent on pakistan than ever before. when you catch pakistan sheltering osama bin laden, what a year later has been said about it, what has did not done before that. >> well, the issue is not so much what has been done about it, but what did the president do when he came to the crossroads. we have this relationship with pakistan but as he said in the campaign, if i find him there or have a clean shot at him, i am going to take that shot. >> and congratulations. congratulations to him for that. on the other hand, all of the people who made it possible for him to be there, for bin laden to be there, what has happened to them. i'm sure there are thick files in the u.s. government about every one of them. and i'm sure the president has strong feelings about every one of them. but he can't do anything about it because as so long as there are 90,000 americans he sent to afghanistan on a mission that doesn't look any more successful now than in 2008, he can't act on it. >> i think that's the balance he was trying to walk today. in the whole presentation, it is not by mistake he made the choice to go there. not by mistake he made the choice, a security concern frankly, to go in air force 1 and have that symbolism. it is not a mistake that in the speech, he had two very clear audiences. the afghani people as well as american people. and the clear -- the clearly he was trying to say, we are moving to get out. not as fast as most would like, but we are moving to get out. >> at the end of the six years in 2014, what is different from what was true in 2014? in 2008, i think the answer will turn out to be precious little. >> what he is saying tonight is, we are laying a ground work over these years to create a situation that when we get 2014, the strike force well keep around to go in there against taliban and try to reestablish themselves will be able to do that. >> by they could have done that in 2008. will the afghanistan government be any more stable, any more honest, any more competent in 2014 than 2008? what was done with the six years compared to the price of pakistan. >> that's the question we have to ask ourselves. as many have said, in '89 when everybody pulled out, they didn't have the opportunity to build the civil society and other parts in addition to security forces. question, i don't know if any of us believe it is going to happen new. but okay he's got to have his shot. clearly that's when a was trying to do to say -- i thought it was a very interesting point. as you stand up, well stand with you. as opposed to bush staying, he will stand down. it clearly today send a message to the afghan people that we will be here with you. if that doesn't work, at least we can say we tried. i wouldn't want to spend the next ten years trying to figure that out and he looks for moderate frankly than romney. >> one of the insights of the bush wears is that iraq is a genuinely important place. iraq is a place with potential. a lot of problems, but potential. afghanistan is the bit that is left over after all of the other countries of asia are assembled. there it is in the middle, the part that is just, the fault line of that -- of all of those mountains, rivers and nationalities. all put together and president obama made a huge commitment in 2008. made it for campaign purposes then and where is he now? >> afghanistan was the important place where 9/11, 9/11 plot was hatched and that assault was delivered to us from afghanistan, not from iraq. so afghanistan's importance in some geo-political sense is not terribly significant historically or in any way. but as the breeding ground of al qaeda with, that's what the president was reminding us tonight about why we went there in the first place. >> but now -- where we stay and why there are 09,000 as opposed to -- i think a lot of things that president obama said about the bush administration and closes ring hollow today. >> look, president obama has at this point waged a three-year war in afghanistan. what we don't know is if president obama had been commander-in-chief in afghanistan from the beginning. >> that's right. >> would there ever have been a let-up? i don't think there would have been. would there have been an invasion of iraq? i don't think there would have been. if they stayed in that focus, where would we be today in afghanistan. where would we be three years in the war in president obama or commander-in-chief like him would have started in 2001? >> that i can't know. we never know what's behind the door we didn't open. but what we can say as we look back on these three years and giving him credit for the things he got right, that maybe one of the things that we learned from the bush years is don't give so many accolades to the president in the immediate moment. a lot of things look successful at the moment that maybe don't look so good later. >> this is similar to the concern of what we here on the economy all the time. like there is fantasy land. here is what would have happened if we would have done it this way versus that way. here is what he inherited. here is what is accomplished against al qaeda in that timeframe. i think he deserves credit for this. >> david frum and karen finney. thank you both for joining me tonight. >>> tonight, as you may have noticed, alec baldwin is here. i tell you, i have no idea when he will seize the microphone next. he might want to talk about president obama's new eight-point lead in the keystone state. he just might want to talk to alex wagner about whatever they want to talk about. i have a rewrite plan about newt gingrich. but as i said, alec baldwin is here. just put down the remote tonight. this is the night it stay here. we'll be right back. 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average 2.1 children. right now the united states is at 2.1 and we continue to decline. but when you look at the 2.1 figure and you break it down by demographic group, anglos, asian americans, and african-americans are all below replacement level between 1.8 and 2.0. hispanics are the only demographic group that are above replacement level, at 2.9. and we're already beginning to see that in many parts of the country where hispanics are clearly producing the future workforce of the country. so you have more people leaving the work force than entering the work force and we're beginning to have fewer and fewer children. no country in the history of the world has ever experienced economic prosperity while also experiencing depopulation. you're beginning to see depopulation in countries like russia and japan, many believe that japan has passed the tipping point. russia's population shrinks by 700,000 people every year. and in russia, they have tried numerous things. including creating a new federal holiday, a national day of procreation where everyone is asked to go home, turn out the lig
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trained for the 9/11 attack, where the united states retaliated with a war now in its 11th year, where nearly 2,000 american forces have died and tonight, president barack obama signed an agreement committing the united states to support afghanistan for years to come. the president's trip was kept secret until he arrived tuesday afternoon washington time. he thanked american troops for progress in afghanistan, noting the anniversary. >> not only were we able to drive al-qaeda out of afghanistan, and a year ago, we were able to finally bring osama bin laden to justice. >> reporter: but in an evening address beamed back to the united states, the president said there may be a role for another terror group. >> my administration has been in direct discussions with the taliban. we have made it clear that they can be a part of the future if they break with al-qaeda, renounce violence and abide by afghan laws. >> reporter: he signed an agreement with afghanistan's president that promises american support for a decade after 2014 after nato troops leave the country. >> the afghan people w
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the united states there won't support that type of industry. i'm a mormon. proud to be a mormon. and russell pearce was in a heavily mormon district in arizona. and i was offended by his bigotry and his approach to hispanic people. beginningoistic approach. i come from a very right wing republican family. i, myself, have right of ging gas khan. i will tell you that when this immigration became an issue in arizona one of my brothers called me up and said, daryl, let's join the group that goes down with their guns, let get our guns and go down the board somewhere force the border policy. and i said -- now, my brother is a businessman, and i being a lawyer thought, well, let me think about this a little while. and so i began to study it out and to write an essay which is available, i think on the website. if -- or if you don't have it. if you go to my bio here in the thing, write to daryl williams i'll send awe copy of this essay because i wanted to study out what it was that made people so emotional and exercisorcised ab this and i concluded my study like i was preparing to go to the c
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thing to do. >> meanwhile, the chinese government demand an apology from the united states. the foreign minister said: in the meantime, security was tight outside the hospital where chen is being treated, and the hospital's name was quickly banned as a search term on chese rninette we take a closer look now at this still unfolding story with shao chung, director of the berkeley-china internet project at u.c. berkeley, and editor of the "china digital times," an online publication. and evan osnos, who's written on chen guangcheng and other dissidents as the china correspondent for the "new yorker" magazine. he joins us tonight from the campus of stanford university. os, i'll start with you. what do you make of this very confusing series of events today? is there any way to unravel what's known at this point? >> well, it's been an extraordinary 24 hours. the story is very dynamic. a few hours ago, frankly, all of us thought that the u.s. government, the chinese side, had reached perhaps the best available solution given the moment, which was to create an opportunity for chen guang
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united states is to avoid similar demographic doom it's salvation will come from one source and one source alone. that's immigration. 82% will come from immigrants, their children and their grandchildren. but it won't be enough. the u.s. will need five times that number between the eldly and the working age population. immigrants are good for government budgets. without people there is no budget. so our job should be as policymakers to bring people here who want to work. shutting our borders and deporting the millions of immigrants already here won't create fiscal health. the cure isn't mass deportation, it's the opposite. without new workers ever greater percentages of americans' incomes will be devoted to transfers to the elderly. taxes would need to increase 81% on every taxpayer to maintain current benefits indefinitely. this is, of course, impossible. solution isn't more taxes, it's more taxpayers. i propose congress make what's already happening explicit. that imgrantds are subsidizing america's debt by expanding the tax base. call it the immigration deficit reduction funt. by
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fierce attack. and they counterattack. the slave owning elite in the united states, they fight back. and all slave owners did that throughout the 19th century. whenever anti-slavery movements get started in other parts of the world, in the british empire, in spain, in other places in central and south america, slave owners respond and they fight back. and they try their best to stop emancipation. they cling to that institution which has benefitted them so much. and in the united states that happens. slave owners notice right away that the abolitionist movement has geared up and these people are mounting a direct rhetorical attack on the institution. and they respond right away. this is the first sustained criticism of slavery as an institution since the revolution, so they fight back. and many of them are themselves politicians, public figures. many slave owners were also governors, members of the state legislature in the u.s. senate, and some of them actually became president of the united states as we said earlier. so they fight back. also newspapers editors, ministers, they know
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the story that took him down. >>> the united states has conducted an operation that killed osama bin laden, the leader of al qaeda. >> why they charge the president with putting politics ahead of their safety. >>> and only in america. the real bin laden battle. why it's not about politics. this is "piers morgan tonight." >>> good evening. our big story tonight breaking news. president obama's surprise trip to afghanistan and his speech to americans on the one year anniversary of the mission to take out osama bin laden. >> my fellow americans, we've traveled through more than a decade under the dark cloud of war. yet here in the pre-dawn darkness of afghanistan, we can see the light of a new day on the hordes. the iraq war is over. the number of our troops in harm's way has been cut in half and more will soon be coming home. we have a clear path to fulfill our mission in afghanistan while delivering justice to al qaeda. >> plenty reaction to this momentous day coming up soon. plus my interview with a man who reportered first in the '80s. and why some navy s.e.a.l.s charged that the wh
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. it is in market right now in the congress of the united states. i don't know what it will come back looking like. it is delicately balanced instrument. we try to balance projections and build the best possible force we could against the strategy we articulated. it will not comeback exactly as we submit it. it never is. but we are not finished yet with the fy13 budget. sequestration comes potentially on the heels of that. i'm not as old as i am about to sound. i looked it, but i am not as old as i am about to sound. wing walking was sport or carnival stuff, but the first rule of wing walking, walking on the wings of biplanes, was never let go of both hands at the same time, for pretty obvious reasons. when people ask, are you working on sequestration, the answer is no, not yet. it is not done yet. come up short, i will get thrown off the wings. in the spirit of my air force brothers, i am following wing walking. >> oh, my. everybody is going to have to be brief, because there are 100 questions and the wo -- in the room. >> i'm just wondering, we have a lot of people who say that
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